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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 1, 2009 9:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Best Opening Song!

Gotta go right this second with Cold Rain & Snow.

Top 5=

Cold Rain & Snow
Shakedown Street
Jack Straw
Bertha
Mississippi 1/2 Step

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Best Opening Songs i witnessed were:

Uncle John's Band > Playin > UJB

http://tinyurl.com/nslyw5

Half Step > Franklin's (here's my favorite, 32 min long and w/ Phil just boomin')

http://tinyurl.com/nhlgej

Sat night > Fire

http://tinyurl.com/mv2xl2

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Poster: ducats Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

same 5 here - are we going in order? if so I would put Shakedown under the other 4 in the same order.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

did they ever open a show with truckin?

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 2, 2009 7:20pm
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Just a cursory search of dead base..it appears that Truckin was a fairly common show opener in both 1971 and 1972.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jul 7, 2009 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

seems like THE deadhead anthem. funny they never opened with it in later years.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 7, 2009 3:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I saw some good shows which began with Touch of Grey. Seriously. I did.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 2, 2009 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

My all time favorite show opener is St. Stephen. Second on the list is The Music Never Stopped.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 2, 2009 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I'll throw Hey pocky way into the mix

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 1, 2009 10:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Help On The Way
The Music Never Stopped
Might As Well
Feel Like A Stranger
I Know You Rider (as a stand-alone, in the early shows)

(of course, I agree with all of the Captain's, too)



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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 1, 2009 10:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

My top 3 choices:

Morning Dew
Dark Star
Cryptical Envelopement

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Poster: Chiklod Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Heere Cooomes Suuuunshiiiine!

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Poster: podsix Date: Jul 2, 2009 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I remember walking through the gates in Arizona to this opener. It was the first time for this one in a long time.

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Poster: Chiklod Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

That's the one I was thinking of, Compton Terrace 12/6/92! They had not performed the song since 2/23/74, some 1213 shows between performances according to Deadbase.

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Poster: podsix Date: Jul 3, 2009 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

This is exactly what I was reffering to (http://www.archive.org/details/gd1992-12-06.schoeps.evans.gems.33956.sbeok.flac16). I had a reliable source who talked to some people behind the scenes prior to this performance. He asked if he could expect anything special. They replied, "yeah, they are doing a Beatles tune, Here Comes the Sunshine King" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_King_(song). Obviously they didn't want to give it away.

We had a few great bust out tunes from days past during this time. '89 - "Death Don't Have No Mercy", '90 - "Loose Lucy", '92 - "HCS". Whether they were better or worse than before is a completely different topic for another thread.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

off the top of my head

Half-Step > Franklin's is a great opener
Bertha - of course
Feel Like a Stranger
Shakedown
Alabama Getaway

Runner up - Jack Straw - I always seemed to have a good time at shows that opened with this

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jul 1, 2009 9:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Hell In A Bucket *
Cold Rain And Snow
Shakedown Street
Ship Of Fools
Row Jimmy

* #1 in a big way!

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jul 1, 2009 10:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

My 5:

Morning Dew (What an epic way to start a show)
Shakedown Street
Feel Like a Stranger
H>S>F
Music Never Stopped


Note: I wish they had opened with UJB more (9/18/74 comes to mind)

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I saw them open a mid-1970 Fillmore West/Carousel Ballroom show with Morning Dew.

Epic indeed it was.

Garcia appeared as though in a trance as he hit the opening chords... there was no formal introduction/announcement before the set started that I recall, (I've probably forgotten it).

In any case, a dramatic silence or pause preceded Morning Dew, which opened their 1st set that night (a Thursday or Sunday, as it wasn't crowded, I had no difficulty getting right up the front of the stage directly in front of Garcia, who began the song standing some distance back from the edge of the stage.
I believe their show that evening started out with an electric set, or if there was an acoustic set, it was followed by a New Riders set, which either way really set the opening Morning Dew apart from any frivolity, giving it a serious edge...

Garcia was really into it... a most memorable opening song I'll never forget, though I've forgotten the surrounding details long since!


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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:46am
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Nice story CPW. I love reading about people's experiences particularly from the pre-hiatus shows.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!!

Thanks JS

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-06.sbd.miller.86951.sbeok.flac16

Charlie Miller upgrade.


I like rockin' openers too, like GMLSG, Standing On The Corner. Viola Lee Blues, Aligator, Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion, and of course a fast Cold Rain & Snow with the hook (bridge) they dropped after early 1969...


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-05.sbd.bunjes-evans.28653.flac16

Listen to the banter directed at Bear Owsley- very amusing, but pissed off a wee bit, wouldn't you say?

Btw, the quotes attributed to Bear which I shared in my review of 6-6-1970 were cut & pasted directly from a Bear communique without any changes or even (sic) spell checks.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-06.sbd.ashley.2172.sbeok.shnf



Ah well, one can't be too hard on an artist who designed purple haze, white lightning, sunshine and other colorful party favors.

That was the kind, aand always preferable to anything from any other bathtub once Sandoz was in short supply.

A Girl Named Sandoz, by Eric Burdon & The Animals, with Zoot Money and Gladstone Odduck's Rescue Mission.

Long story, we'll have to look into that someday, Yeah!


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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Um, to add my two cents five times, or my dime...

Morning Dew
Jack Straw
Mississippi Half-Step
Music Never Stopped
Help on the Way etc...

Honorable Mention - Bertha...




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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Conventionally speaking - for myself, while attending '73 shows, Promised Land was one of my fav openers. But, all-time, it's a no-brainer for me. How about the openers with a dose of Jer's pouring his heart and soul out in an extended arrangement of Sugaree?

3 of the best openers
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Poster: thebone Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Bertha
Half-Step
Music
Shakedown
Stranger

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jul 2, 2009 2:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Let the Good Times Roll seems to always set a nice tone..... why do you suppose all the post GD bands open with Jam ?....I for one find that lame for the most part..

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Poster: BobsShortShorts Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I myself enjoy the Dog jam openings...but to each his own....after listening to many 2008 Dog shows I have developed a real enjoyment of the Dog...Bob seems to jam out most common songs and the current lineup really plays together good.The jam style of the Dog works good for my listening pleasure on my daily bike w/o`s....I enjoy Phils lineup also....... if he would just STOP singing....

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Poster: boltman Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:17am
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Morning Dew
Shakedown Street
Bertha

Didn't even think of Morning Dew but reading all y'alls brilliance, it does seem to rate a #1.

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Poster: snori Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:29am
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Tied for 1st place - Bertha and Jack Straw.

Honourable mention - How sweet it is (JGB)

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:24am
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I'm partial to shows that get off to a rockin' start....

Cold Rain and Snow
Bertha
Hell in a Bucket
Feel Like A Stranger
Alabama Getaway

I like Jack Straw, but not necessarily as an opener.
I also liked mid 80s shows that opened with Touch, until In the Dark came out and that song got so over played. Got to a point where it went from being one of my favorites to being one of my least favorites due to over exposure....

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:35am
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All in retrospect, Bertha was overused and from where I sit now use it, perhaps incorrectly, to judge the quality of the coming show. Cold Rain & Snow was also always a favorite.

Like many others, I have a habit of returning to great quality shows when I need to count on good sounds while I'm working. Lately I've been returning to the '77 Swing Auditorium show, with the boys opening the year and the show with Terrapin. Probably better versions out there, but it took balls and really set the stage for a real gem of a concert.